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al•ter•nate(v. ˈɔl tərˌneɪt, ˈæl-; adj., n. -nɪt)
v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing,
adj., n. v.i.
Alternate actions, events, or processes keep happening regularly after each other.
If something happens on alternate days, it happens on one day, then does not happen on the next day, then happens again on the day after it, and so on. Things can also happen in alternate weeks, months, or years.
You use alternative to describe something that can be used, had, or done instead of something else.
Note that in American English, alternate is sometimes used with this meaning.
Alternative can also be a noun. An alternative to something is something else that you can have or do instead.
You can also say that someone has two or more alternatives, meaning that they have two or more courses of action to choose from.
Note that it used to be considered incorrect to talk about more than two alternatives.
Past participle: alternated
|Noun||1.||alternate - someone who takes the place of another person|
|Verb||1.||alternate - go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions|
|2.||alternate - exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions|
exchange - hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent; "exchange prisoners"; "exchange employees between branches of the company"
rotate - exchange on a regular basis; "We rotate the lead soprano every night"
|3.||alternate - be an understudy or alternate for a role|
|4.||alternate - reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)|
|5.||alternate - do something in turns; "We take turns on the night shift"|
spell - take turns working; "the workers spell every four hours"
|Adj.||1.||alternate - every second one of a series; "the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"; "jam every other day"- the White Queen|
|2.||alternate - serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan"|
secondary - being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams"
|3.||alternate - occurring by turns; first one and then the other; "alternating feelings of love and hate"|
|4.||alternate - of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired; "stems with alternate leaves"|
alternate layers of cheese and potatoes → capas alternas de queso y patatas
we had a week of alternate rain and sunshine → tuvimos una semana en la que se alternaron el sol y las lluvias
let's read alternate lines → vamos a leer cada uno un renglón
he lives alternate months in Brussels and London → vive un mes en Bruselas y uno en Londres
to write on alternate lines → escribir en renglones alternos
an annual cycle of drought alternating with floods → un ciclo anual de sequías alternando con inundaciones
the temperatures alternate between very hot and extremely cold → las temperaturas oscilan entre un calor y un frío intensos
he alternates between euphoria and depression → pasa de la euforia a la depresión y vice versa
they alternate between avoiding us and ignoring us → unas veces nos evitan y otras nos ignoran
on alternate days → un jour sur deux
on alternate weeks → une semaine sur deux
to take alternate hot and cold baths → alterner les bains chauds et froids
to alternate with → alterner avec
to alternate between A and B → passer successivement de A à B
alternate[adj ɒlˈtɜːnɪt; vb ˈɒltəneɪt]
on alternate days → ogni due giorni
alternate angles → angoli alterni